If the Apple Pay launch does occur in April, it will be great news for the proximity payments industry in China. Alipay mobile payments (remote) have become commonplace in China, but NFC payments have struggled. The infrastructure is there: over 4 million POS terminals have been deployed that support UnionPay’s NFC-enabled Quickpass technology, representing about 25% of all terminals in China. Apple Pay might have quite an impact as iOS held 25.4% share of the smartphone market in China as of January 2015, according to Kantar Worldpanel.
There is a slight chance that the launch will be delayed, but it is clear that it will be going forward.